1 John 5 defines how a Christ Follower lives. “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments….this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments”. Is this how you live? You love God – you obey His commands? That is the definition of a real follower. John goes on to tell us that “we know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning”. Sin is not part of the life of a Christ Follower either. It boils down to obedience. Are you living that way?
We do see the power of being a Christ Follower. “Everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world…..Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God”. We are overcomers as Christ Followers. We have the One inside us that allows us to live victoriously. Do you live that way? Are you an overcomer? “God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son”. We have been given a gift – an awesome gift. And the source – is Jesus Christ. He paid the price on the cross to set us free. He bought us eternal life. That is how we can be overcomers – because Jesus has won the victory over evil.
So what does it matter? “Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son”. Jesus is the issue. If you believe in Him – there is testimony within you – if you don’t – you have called God a liar and have written off the power of Jesus. It all boils down to what we think about Jesus. It all comes down to faith? Where are you with Jesus? John reminds us that God hears our prayers when we are walking in relationship with Him. “If we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him”. God hears our prayers. Always. He doesn’t always answer them the way we want – but He always hears – and He always answers. Sometimes yes, sometimes no, sometimes wait – but scripture is pretty clear – He hears and is listening. Are you asking in faith? Are you letting Him be part of the life you live?
John ends the chapter with this short verse: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols”. While these words may seem a bit out of place compared to the discussion about Jesus and faith and our life as a believer – it actually calls out one of the biggest issues we struggle with when it comes to how we relate to Jesus. We let other things take our focus and become an idol in our life. It replaces the spot where Jesus must sit – right smack dab in the center of our heart. An idol takes away our focus and our attention. It pushes Jesus off the throne of our life. Here is the reality – Jesus is not into sharing what is His rightful place. He is serious about being King in our life. Do you have Him in the place that is rightfully His? It matters. It is important. In fact – it is the most important thing about our life.